2003 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*#13 of Top 100 of 2006* Terrific example of the vintage--this is loaded with the pepper, garrigue, grilled herb and briary tannins, all backed by powerful layers of dark currant, plum and blackberry fruit. Lingering hint of dried orange peel adds further dimension.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Loaded with fruit and drinking at point, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape is about as sexy and up-front as wine gets from this estate. Garrigue, black licorice, ground herbs and loads of sweet red fruits all come soaring from the glass. It has a voluptuous, ripe, full-bodied profile to go with sweet tannin. I’d drink bottles over the coming couple of years, but it too will evolve gracefully, and that’s not something you can say for a lot of 2003s. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Intense aromas of jammy raspberry and wild strawberry, fresh rose, candied violet and magnolia. A remarkably lush, creamy wine, with vibrant, expressive red berry and subtle garrigue flavors that expand all the way through the very long finish. A compelling wine that offers great purity and balance and very suave tannins. (JR)